Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, Jan. 8

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With much of the country in the grip of winter chill, there’s nothing like thoughts of spring to warm us up. In his Mets Cetera blog, beat writer Anthony DiComo looks ahead to Opening Day to project the team’s starting lineup with six weeks to go to Spring Training.

Originally posted on Mets Cetera:

Six weeks remain between now and Spring Training, though if you believe Sandy Alderson, not much is going to change with the Mets between then and now. So it seems like a fine time to make our first roster projection of the year.

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Without further ado:

Lineup:
CF Juan Lagares
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
RF Michael Cuddyer
LF Curtis Granderson
C  Travis d’Arnaud
SS Wilmer Flores

Barring injury, I don’t envision anything changing here between now and Opening Day. The Mets aren’t likely to bring in a new shortstop, and manager Terry Collins has already talked extensively about wanting Lagares to lead off. Even if the Mets face a left-hander on Opening Day (they won’t), these are probably the eight names you’ll see. It sounds like Cuddyer is a good bet to play right, shifting Granderson to left.

Bench:
C Anthony Recker
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
OF John Mayberry, Jr.

INF Ruben Tejada

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HAPPY NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAY FROM BURT BOBBLERED AND BETTER OFF RED!

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Wednesday was National Bobblehead Day and Reds Assistant Director of Media Relations Jamie Ramsey was inspired to share a photo of his impressive bobblehead collection in his blog.

Originally posted on Better Off Red:

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Cooperstown Class of 2015

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Emma from Dodger Blue World celebrates the four players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Congratulations to Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz!

Originally posted on Dodger Blue World:

Congratulations to Cooperstown Class of 2015

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Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.

Randy Johnson.  In 618 appearances (603 starts), he posted a career record of 303-166 with an ERA of 3.29.   He struck out 4,875 batters and averaged 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings.  He won five Cy Young awards — one with the Mariners in 1995 and four straight with the Diamondbacks from 1999 to 2002. He was also named to 10 all-star teams.

Pedro Martinez.  Martinez posted a 219-100 record in 476 career appearances (409 starts) with a 2.98 ERA in 18 big-league seasons. He won three Cy Young awards (two in the AL and one in the NL) and was named to eight all-star teams

John Smoltz.   From 1988 to 1999, he was dominant starter on one of the best rotations in all of baseball. During that time he was 157-113 with 356…

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2015 Hall of Fame Class and More

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Today’s the day the Class of 2015 for the Baseball Hall of Fame is unveiled. Watch the live announcement and join in the debate!

Originally posted on 45 Miles From Fenway:

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015.

Let’s start the New Year off with a friendly debate. The Hall of Fame.

Who’s in? Who’s out? Who gets snubbed?

And for the second consecutive year, anticipation about the Class of 2015 is very high. It’s possible a large new group of players will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Electees from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot are set to be announced Tuesday at 2 p.m.

A star studded group highlighted the 2014 class with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas joining managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa forms one of the greatest classes in history. BUT, the prospective group in 2015 is just as impressive.

This year’s ballot features newcomers Randy Johnson (a 303-game winner) Pedro Martinez (a .687 career winning percentage is 6th best in Major League history and is by far…

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‘Tis the season for HOF’s Mike Piazza and La Befana

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Roberto Angotti reflects on Mike Piazza emceeing the recent National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Annual Awards Celebration as La Befana prepares to make her rounds tonight in Italy.

Originally posted on mlbblogger:

NIASHF Only second to Santa in holiday appearances, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame spokesman Mike Piazza began early before Thanksgiving when he emceed NIASHF’s 37th Annual Awards Celebration and inducted John Andretti, Babe Parilli, Scott Pioli, Angelo Pizzo and Frank Zamboni at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago.

Mike Piazza's popularity in Italy is second only Venezia's Santa Clause.

Mike Piazza’s popularity in Italia comes a close second to St. Nick but nobody can touch La Befana.

International baseball ambassador and Italian National team hitting coach Mike Piazza got a jump start on Babbo Natale, otherwise known as Father Christmas, when he traveled to Veneto, Italy last January to speak to an enthusiastic audience at the 29th Annual Coaches Convention. Piazza said, “We all overteach and overanalyze hitting. Everyone has their own opinion, but in actuality–just…

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Blogging Resolutions for 2015

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Matt Huddleston, better known as The Unbiased MLB Fan, has shared his five blogging resolutions for 2015. What are some of your new year’s resolutions for your blog?

Originally posted on The Unbiased MLB Fan:

Happy New Year, everyone!

As I’ve done for the past few years, I wanted to take the time to go over the main things I’m hoping to accomplish, blogging wise, throughout the coming year. Some of them are the same as my 2014 goals, but a few of them have been altered a bit.

The five main resolutions/goals I have for this blog in 2015 are as follows:

1. Blog at least once every 5 days:

Last year my goal was to blog at least once every four days. I was able to accomplish that goal, but not without a great deal of work. There were a few times that there was simply nothing to write about, and I had to basically make things up as I went along due to it being the fourth day and not wanting to break my goal. It was very stressful at times. And therefore, while…

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#BirdToTheFuture Entertains Fans While Promoting Cardinals Museum & Cardinals Archive

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Cardinals Insider looks back at the team’s one-of-a-kind 53-part #BirdToTheFuture video on Instagram, complete with a behind-the-scenes photo gallery.

Originally posted on Cardinals Insider:

With the debut of the #TheFrontOffice in September of 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) became the first MLB team, and likely first overall, to tell a story episodically using Instagram video.

The Cardinals created the instagram video series #TheFrontOffice, a mascot/mockumentary during the summer of 2013 as an experiment with social-media based brand entertainment.

The Cardinals created the instagram video series #TheFrontOffice, a mascot/mockumentary during the summer of 2013 as an experiment with social-media based brand entertainment.

While the team was rolling out the new 53-episode series compliant with Instagram’s 15-second video capability starring Phyllis Smith, Fredbird, the Rally Squirrel, Cardinals players and an all-star cast from the Cardinals’ own front office, a new parody involving ‘Back to the Future’ was pitched to Ron Watermon, the Cardinals VP of Communications, by a Cardinals fan he had met during the Stand for Stan social media campaign.

Doc Crotzer - a St. Louis native & lifelong Cardinals fan who works within the television and film industry in Hollywood.  Screen credits include Glee, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story Doc Crotzer – a St. Louis native & lifelong Cardinals fan who works within the television and film industry in Hollywood. Screen credits include Glee, Sons of…

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Unpopular trade may turn out right for Marlins

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Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro revisits the blockbuster Miami-Toronto trade from two years ago that continues to reap rewards for the franchise. Joe’s blog, The Fish Pond, is essential reading for Marlins fans.

Originally posted on The Fish Pond:

“What’s right isn’t always popular. What’s popular isn’t always right.” — Howard Cosell

MIAMI — The words of Howard Cosell, the late broadcasting legend, can certainly apply to the Marlins’ controversial 12-player trade with the Blue Jays two offseasons ago.

Few moves in any sport created as much negative backlash as what the Marlins received for dealing several high-priced, popular players after the inaugural
season at Marlins Park.

Here’s a refresher for one of the most criticized deals in recent MLB history.

On Nov. 19, 2012, Miami completed a deal that sent Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto for Henderson Alvarez,
Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafani and Justin Nicolino.

As unpopular as the trade was, Marlins’ ownership insisted it was the right thing to do.

Yes, the trade was a money purge, ridding Miami of $163.75 million in…

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Wrapping up a Crazy 2014 & Wishing Everyone A Happy New Year!

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Groundskeeper extraordinaire Murray Cook puts a bow on 2014 and wishes everyone a happy new year. We’ll second that. Here’s to a great 2015!

Originally posted on MURRAY COOK'S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG:

It is very hard to believe 2014 is almost over!   So much to be thankful for from a personal and professional viewpoint.   I can honestly say that 2014 was an amazing year on a lot of levels in the baseball world.

This year I traveled more than others … logging a couple hundred days, to 13 different countries. a few hundred thousand miles.   Highlights of the 2014 year regarding sports and stuff would be:

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* MLB Sydney Opener in Australia.   What a great project working with some awesome people in Australia!

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* Japan Samurai All Star series. Working with our friends in Japan on 5 stadiums in 10 days

*   Toronto 2015 test event games in Ajax.  Planning for the games next summer at a cool sport complex where baseball and softball are side by side.

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* SportsField maintenance clinics in Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and…

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The Best of 2014: No. 7, Maddux gets the call

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The Cubs are counting down the best moments of 2014, and here’s a look back at the time Greg Maddux took the podium in Cooperstown. Cubs Vine Line Magazine is a longtime PRO blogger around here, and in addition to following their blog, you can subscribe to the magazine here.

Originally posted on Cubs Vine Line Blog:

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Every baseball season is filled with memorable moments, and this year’s Cubs campaign was no exception. Cornerstone players had bounceback seasons, newer additions stepped up, and top prospects made their big league debuts. To wrap up the year, we asked you to pick your top 10 moments of 2014. From now until the end of the year, we’ll be unveiling one moment per day.

No. 10: Rizzo’s late-season walk-off homer
No. 9: Hendricks makes an easy transition to the bigs
No. 8: Castro, Rizzo named All-Stars

Former Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame—July 27

Greg Maddux making his way into Cooperstown on the first ballot was probably just as much of a certainty as his winning an annual Gold Glove Award or confounding opposing hitters when he took the bump every fifth day. The 6-foot, 170-pound starter may…

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